Monday, March 2, 2015

Review of 'Shattered Dreams'

 I have never read a book based on Lord Ram’s life so interesting! Ramayana – The Game of Life is written by Shubha Vilas. ‘Shattered Dreams’ is the second part of this series. The first part is ‘Rise of the Sun Prince’.
‘Shattered Dreams’ is based on Ayodhya Kand and Aranya Kand. It tells that the age old saga has immediate relevance to today’s modern day life. It has uncountable wisdom gems in it which the author discovers making it’s writings more interesting, simple and lucid. Some of the points which I like are as follows:-
  1. Unity without loyalty to a common goal is like cement without water to seal bricks.
  2. The simplest joys of nature cannot be replaced by the complex creations of man.
  3. Clouds receive salty water from ocean and return sweet water as rain. A cow eats grass and returns sweet milk. A coconut tree drinks water and returns nectar. What one receives is a debt that can be absolved by paying through selfless service.
  4. Desires are like waves in an ocean. If one hits the shores, rest assured, another is on its way. Spiritual practice transforms one from ceaseless ocean of desires to the still lake of self-satisfaction.
  5. When your actions boomerang as reactions, rather than wondering who threw it at you, you should wonder when you threw it.
  6. Just like a river does not differentiate between two banks, a pure mind does not differentiate between what is the self’s and what is not; like the river, it is so absorbed in others’ welfare that it finds no time for self-absorption.
  7. When the aim of life changes from pleasing the ego to pleasing God, it changes from egocentric to god-centric.
  8. A good leader prudently stops an overdose of anger from entering his system like a healthy man consciously avoids overeating.
  9. Forgiveness is the fragrance that the sandalwood tree leaves on an axe that cuts it, the stone that grinds it and in the smoke that burns it.
  10. One should focus on devotion to duty rather than hankering for appreciation of result.
  11. Prayer is not about approaching God for temporary solutions but approaching Him with a permanent commitment.
  12. Many have the fortune of knowing what is right, but few have the guts of doing what is right.
  13. Lifestyle is not so much about habits as much as it is about mindsets. Imitating habits is easy, but emulating mindsets is difficult.
  14. A hero is not one who tries to surpass others, but one who strives to solve the knots in others’ lives at the cost of personal sacrifices.
This book unravels practical facts that go with every age. It tells people to adopt Ramayana in their lives. The author himself is a spiritual seeker and a motivational speaker. He teaches to apply teachings of the Bhagavad Gita, the Ramayana and other dharmic traditions in dealing with modern day life situations.

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